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from Dan Wetzel at Yahoo Sports,
Look, if the league wants to further strangle itself with expansion, why not Chicago? It hasn’t had a team since Bill Wirtz disbanded the Blackhawks in the mid-1990s.
Only the NHL could even dream this stuff up. The league needs to contract, not expand. It needs to improve the product, not disperse the talent, dilute rivalries and provide another slap at the game’s tradition.
No offense to Vegas and KC, but we’ve seen this act before. The few million in expansion fees isn’t worth adding a couple more cities that aren’t all that interested in hockey, save the core of 10-15,000 fans who will still be paying attention once the novelty wears off.
As for Commissioner Gary Bettman, well, he hasn’t overseen many good ideas in his first 15 years on the job. At this point our only hope is that his various disasters in leadership were part of a secret 16-year plan and good things are about to happen.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
So, which teams are likely to inquire about Fernandez? Florida, Phoenix and Los Angeles have been mentioned often, but one player agent believes the Maple Leafs are interested in the Toronto native. And that makes sense, as incumbent Andrew Raycroft clearly needs to be challenged for the starter’s job – and their two salaries (in terms of cap hit) combined would come in at $6.33 million next season.
added 12:42pm, from Russo’s Rants,
The reality is it’s not easy to trade a player when the team’s in need of a goalie (Phoenix, Florida and possibly Boston, Detroit and LA) all think the Wild HAS to trade Fernandez.
Right now, Risebrough would be lucky to at least get a mid-round pick for Fernandez because everybody believes he’s got to dump his $4.33 million cap hit. But Risebrough would love at least a first (Phoenix has two firsts), especially when he was able to trade Dwayne Roloson to Edmonton for a first-rounder in March 2006.
A great job putting together the SCF in pictures.
Check it out..
from the Long Beach Press-Telegram,
Since 1973, Bob Miller has been the heart, soul and consciousness of the Los Angeles Kings, a Hall of Fame announcer who has been to his franchise what Vin Scully has been to the Dodgers and Chick Hearn was to the Lakers….
“First off, I want to applaud what the Ducks have accomplished,” said Miller Thursday morning from his home in West Hills. “It’s tremendous what they did. They deserved it. They’ve been playing
great. And you have to give them all the credit in the world.
“But that said, I’m jealous, I’m envious, I suspect I’m even sulking a bit. I always wanted the Ducks to win a Stanley Cup after the Kings did. I do think what they’ve done will help the sport of hockey in Southern California. It’s definitely brought tremendous notice to it.”
from the Leader-Post,
When Aaron and Derek Boogaard take a wannabe tough guy to school, they usually do it on the ice.
The venue switched to the classroom this week when the Boogaard brothers - who make the Hansons of Slapshot fame look like lightweights - staged their inaugural hockey fighting camp at a Regina training centre.
The clinic included more 30 registered players from age 12 to 18 who signed on to receive a crash course from two of the toughest customers in the game.
The Wings will have four options if Hasek decides to retire with #4 most likely to happen…
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
4. Sign a low-priced veteran free agent to a short-term deal.
This seems like their most likely course of action if Hasek retires. Bring in a veteran who won’t break the bank to either compete with Osgood or be the No. 1 guy for one or two years. The problem is, the pickings are slim. Mathieu Garon of Los Angeles, David Aebischer of Montreal and Ed Belfour of Florida are in this group.
This only further goes to show how much the Wings need Hasek back for one more run at the Cup.
read on for the other three…
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
I think you can put him among the top three or four goaltenders in the league,” said Bob Sauve, who is Giguere’s agent and is, if anything, underselling him….
Burke called Sauve on Thursday to say he comes in peace. Sauve also sounded conciliatory, saying Giguere wants to stay and will do so “if he’s treated fairly,” which, of course, could mean a hundred things.
Only the Ducks and Kings can give Giguere easy access to the doctors who operated on his son, Maxime, in April. The generous role that owners Henry and Susan Samueli played in that episode also resonates with Giguere.
But the Kings have more cap room. Even if the Ducks could sign Giguere for $4.5 million, that’s $17.5 million for Giguere, Pronger and S. Niedermayer in an overall budget that probably won’t surpass $42 million.
from Kevin Shea at the Hockey Hall of Fame,
The Stanley Cup remained on the ice surface at the Honda Center for almost two hours after the final buzzer sounded. Families and friends of the victors got photographs with the prized trophy. Once all were done, Chris Pronger carried the Cup into the dressing room, which was already in full celebration mode, jammed to the rafters with players and team officials, along with their families, friends, media and other invited guests. A limited edition champagne was equally consumed and sprayed around the room. Scott Niedermayer was there with his wife and children, brother Rob with his fiancée and their proud mother enjoying every moment along with her sons. Teemu Selanne huddled with friends from Finland who had arrived to witness the Stanley Cup Final.
from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,
So now, the next question is this: What impact will the Anaheim triumph have on the National Hockey League?
For starters, because success breeds imitation, the general managers will look at the Ducks’ success and ask if it was a fluke.
They will come to the conclusion that for the most part, it wasn’t. Granted, this should be the first time in history that a referee’s name is engraved on the Stanley Cup because without Don Koharksi’s outrageous interference call on Pavel Datsyuk late in Game 5 of the Detroit series, the Ducks might well have been on the golf course during the finals. But be that as it may, the fact remains that once the Stanley Cup final got under way, the Ducks were by far the better team.
The GMs will ask themselves why that was the case and decide that for all the NHL’s talk about giving the game back to the little man, size is still a crucial factor.
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